How to charge the iPad Mini when planning a trip to Montserrat

Using a Lightning cable and a double pinned Type A power charger to recharge the iPad Mini with a Montserratian power outlet and powering the iPad Mini using a Type B power adapter.

Montserratian power outlet

Various standards and plugs can often be daunting when planning on staying in a new country to the first time traveller. This page has step-by-step instructions telling you what you'll need to charge the iPad Mini when visiting Montserrat using their standard types B or A 230 volt 60Hz power outlets. Most power sockets change depending on which area you taking a trip to so we recommend reading the WikiConnections travel power sockets page where you'll find a complete list of regions. When you are visiting Montserrat from another region please ensure your iPad Mini can be used with a 240 volt supply. If the iPad Mini was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure the iPad Mini is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional power converter to avoid the device from overheating when powering up. These instructions assume that you are running Apple iOS 7 or greater on the iPad Mini.

Charging the iPad Mini in Montserrat

Can the iPad Mini be used in Montserrat?

You can use the iPad Mini in Montserrat by using the correct power convertor.

What is the best travel charger for the iPad Mini in Montserrat?

If you are travelling with more than just your iPad Mini and visiting more than one country then the best travel adapter for Montserrat to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Montserratians use two different standards of power outlets (B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the included heads over. If your iPad Mini can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you'll benefit from much quicker charging times with one of these types of USB power chargers along with additional support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other chargers this means you can power more than one device at the same time without needing to buy seperate power adapters. Only bringing a single travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage and suitable for recharging your iPad Mini at an airport or on a plane. Due to their versatility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we suggest buying an adaptable power adapter of this nature at an electronics retailer, the power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

Alternative travel adapter for Montserrat

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be crucial for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover both Montserrat and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from North America visiting Montserrat using 3 pin type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and offers almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers 5 USB charging ports. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, D,E/F, G, H, I, L and N making it ideal for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Montserrat. [8] [AD]
What is the best travel charger for the iPad Mini in Montserrat?

How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from a Montserratian power outlet

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector and a Type A power adapter to charge the iPad Mini from a Montserratian power outlet.

  1. To power the iPad Mini from a Montserratian power outlet you will need to buy a Type A USB power adapter [4] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple should usually include the USB cable with your iPad Mini).
  2. Start by taking the Type A USB power adapter and inserting it into the power outlet. You can identify the plug outlet by two thin slots next to each other. Please be aware power cords used with type A sockets which are rated at 125 V should not be used so please check first.
  3. Connect the USB end of the USB Lightning power cord into the bottom of the mains power charger and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Mini.
  4. Turn on the Montserratian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which you'll find in the top right hand corner of the iPad screen will display a charge icon to indicate that the iPad Mini is recharging which takes around 1 - 4 hours to fully recharge.
How to use a Type A power charger for recharging your iPad Mini from a Montserratian power outlet

Charging the iPad Mini from a Montserratian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

Using a USB Lightning Apple connector with a Type B power adapter to charge your iPad Mini from a Montserratian power outlet.

  1. To supply power to the iPad Mini from a Montserratian power outlet you will need to buy a Type B USB power adapter [7] and a USB to Apple Lightning cable [5] (Apple will usually supply the USB cable when you first purchase your iPad Mini).
  2. Start by taking the Type B USB power adapter and inserting it into the power supply. You can identify this power outlet by the 2 slots where the plug outlet blades go with a semicircle shaped hole below for the long earth pin. Please be aware power cords used with type B sockets which are rated at 125 V should not be used in Montserrat so please check first.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the Apple USB Lightning cord into the bottom of the USB mains adapter and the other end into the Lightning connector on the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini lightning connector can be found at the base of the iPad Mini.
  4. Turn on the Montserratian power outlet.
  5. The battery icon which appears in the top right hand corner of the tablet screen will display a charging icon to indicate that the iPad Mini is charging, typically taking around 1-4 hours to completely recharge.
Charging the iPad Mini from a Montserratian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type B USB adapter

See also

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia web page about Montserrat
  2. Apple - official iPad user guide
  3. iec.ch - Type A power outlet
  4. Type A USB power adapter - An unearthed Type A USB charger has 2 parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes near the tip of each blade, priced under C$20.
  5. USB to Apple Lightning cable - The Apple Lightning cable is a charging and syncing cable for more recent Apple devices and connects compatible iPhones and iPads to a USB port, costing C$10-C$15.
  6. iec.ch - Type B power outlet
  7. Type B USB power adapter - 3 pinned Type B USB chargers have a single unearthed round pin along with 2 shorter parallel rectangular flat blades with small holes in the end of each blade, costs under C$20.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated cost under C$20.